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Setting high coach education standards to improve the quality of coach education in all UEFA member associations, with the aim of developing better coaches and, ultimately, better players and the overall quality of the game.
Article 1 – Definition of terms
1 In the present convention, the use of the masculine form refers equally to the feminine.
2 For the purposes of the present convention, the following definitions apply:
a) aptitude evaluation: procedure by a UEFA member association to determine whether a coach’s ability and knowledge is of a standard suitable for admission to a coaching course.
b) assessment: continuous and final assessment to evaluate the competence of a student completing a coaching course.
c) candidate: individual who sends a request to a convention party to attend a coaching course within the framework of the present convention.
d) coach: person in charge of coaching a football team who holds a valid coaching licence or an equivalent qualification.
e) coach educator: holder of a valid coach educator’s licence, i.e. a person with football, teaching and leadership skills who takes care of the overall development and education of current and future coaches. Coach educators are all therefore technicians, teachers and managers/leaders.
f) convention party: UEFA member association that has signed the present convention.
g) equivalent qualification: recognition, within UEFA’s territory, of the competence of a coach educated by a non-convention party or an independent course provider that is equivalent to a UEFA diploma.
h) evaluator: expert appointed by the UEFA Jira Panel to evaluate a UEFA member association’s national coach education programme against UEFA’s minimum requirements and to provide that association with support, experience and expertise.
i) graduate: student who has successfully completed a coaching course.
j) independent course provider (ICP): provider of football coaching courses within UEFA’s territory that is not a UEFA member association.
k) locally trained coach: resident of the country of a convention party who has been coaching in that territory for a minimum of three years in the previous five years.
l) long-serving professional player: professional who has played for at least seven full years in the top division of a FIFA or UEFA member association.
m) non-convention party: national association affiliated to FIFA that is not a UEFA member association, or is a UEFA member association but has not signed the present convention.
n) student: coaching course participant.
o) UEFA diploma: award issued to an individual by a convention party confirming that they have successfully completed a UEFA coaching diploma course.
p) UEFA core diplomas: the foundation C diploma, followed by B, A and UEFA Pro.
q) UEFA specialist diplomas: include Youth B, Elite Youth A, Futsal B and the Goalkeeper B and A diplomas.
r) UEFA Jira Panel: expert panel composed of coach education experts who monitor the implementation of the UEFA Coaching Convention. The panel is supported by ad hoc specialist groups.
s) UEFA licence: permit issued for a limited period of time to the holder of a UEFA coaching diploma authorising them to coach at a level defined by each convention party for its own territory.
t) qualification: any coaching diploma, licence or certificate.

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